A significant drop in routine childhood vaccinations during the coronavirus pandemic could lead to an increase in preventable diseases, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned on Thursday. The agency released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that found a substantial reduction in vaccine doses administered during March–May 2020, and an increase during June–September, the agency said, adding that it was “getting catch-up coverage”. It wasn’t enough to do.”

The study included diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (DTaP) in children 0–23 months of age and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) in children 2–6 years of age, 12–23 months of age and 2 year olds. ) vaccination rates were analyzed for. Human papillomavirus (HPV) for children 8 years of age, 9-12 years of age and adolescents 13-17 years of age, and tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) for adolescents 13-17 years of age.

The data indicated a decline in all vaccinations among all age groups compared to previous years. Among children aged 2-8 years, MMR vaccination declined by 63.1%. Among adolescents aged 13-17 years, HPV vaccination declined by 71.3%, while Tdap vaccination among children aged 9-12 saw a 66.5% drop. During June–September 2020, the number of weekly routine pediatric doses administered increased, but none translated to pre-epidemic levels.

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The CDC said, “This gap in catch-up vaccination could pose a serious public health threat that would result in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease, particularly in schools that reopened for in-person learning.” Huh.” “During the past few decades, the United States has achieved a substantial reduction in the prevalence of vaccine-preventable diseases, driven in large part by the ongoing administration of routinely recommended pediatric vaccines.”

Data were evaluated with a “High-Performance Vaccination Information System” from 10 jurisdictions, including Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York City, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. The CDC noted that the March-May 2020 period coincided with many stay-at-home orders, while June-September began a period of reopening.

The CDC urges health care providers to assess the vaccination status of all pediatric patients and contact those with whom to make sure all children are fully vaccinated.

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The CDC said, “Pediatric outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases have the potential to derail efforts to reopen schools for the 2021-22 academic year and delay nationwide efforts to get students back into the classroom.” ” “The health care system and other social institutions are already overburdened by the COVID-19 pandemic, and outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease can lead to loss of in-person learning and further damage to community resources and morbidity. and may contribute to mortality. As COVID-19 vaccination becomes readily available to the pediatric population, the CDC recommends that providers co-administer COVID-19 vaccines with other routinely recommended vaccines. Consider this, especially when patients are behind or may fall behind on routinely recommended vaccines.”